Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Pumpkin Cookies

Recently, my six-year-old granddaughter called me with a special request:

“Grandma, could you give me your recipe for pumpkin cookies? I want to make them for Thanksgiving.”

“I’d love to, Sweetheart.” And so the search for pumpkin cookies began.

Then I looked in the memoir cookbook that I’m writing. In the chapter about Halloween—there it was—pumpkin cookies. Pumpkin is a popular vegetable October through December so you have time to bake with pumpkin before the year is over.  

I emailed the recipe to my daughter and granddaughter so they could make pumpkin cookies and decided to make some myself. I smiled all the way through the process thinking they were making pumpkin cookies just like me.  If you are lucky enough to have grandchildren or children to bake with, thank your lucky stars and have fun with these yummy cookies. We did.

                                                   Pumpkin Cookies
1 cup of oil
2 cups sugar
2 cups cooked pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon each:
ground ginger, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, and salt
1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoon baking soda
4 cups flour
½ cup chopped pecans (optional)


1. Combine first four ingredients and mix in a large bowl.

2. Then sift together and add: ground ginger, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, salt, cinnamon, soda, flour.

3. Add pecans if you choose.

3. Drop by heaping teaspoons onto greased baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes until light brown. Remove when done and allow to cool 10 minutes before removing to towel covered with wax paper. Cool completely then frost with cream cheese icing. This recipe makes about 31/2 dozen cookies. Let the children decorate with colored sugar—in December try red and green. Top with orange sprinkles in October and November. Enjoy!


Tawnee said...

Yum. I love pumpkin cookies. We like to add chocolate chips to our pumpkin cookies and pumpkin bread and go without the frosting. Just a little switch up. Thanks for sharing!

Barb's Writings and Recipes said...

Wow, the chocolate chip addition to pumpkin cookies sounds great. We've never tried it, but who doesn't like chocolate? Thanks for the idea.

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